Rákoš – Holy Trinity Church

History

The church was built around the middle of the 13th century and has been preserved in its original form as one of the few romanesque buildings in Gemer. At the end of the 14th and at the beginning of the 15th century, the interior was decorated with polychromes. At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, the church passed into the hands of Protestants who adapted it to their liturgy. This particularly affected the gothic altars, but also medieval paintings were removed. Later, a wooden matroneum was built inside. In the eighteenth century, the building was rebuilt by Catholics, and in 1752 was subject to further modification and changes in the interior. At the end of the 1980s the church was in bad condition. As part of the renovation, the porch was removed from the entrance, and the windows received the original, romanesque shape. Renovation of the interior was discontinued for many years, the work was restored only in 2009.

Architecture

The church is an aisleless romanesque temple with a semicircular apse on the east side and a sacristy on the northern side. It is illuminated by five tall and narrow windows, two in the apse and three on the south wall of the nave. The interior has preserved valuable frescoes from the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century. The remains of iron shaft furnaces were also found in the church, which were used until the mid-13th century.

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Website apsida.sk, Rákoš.